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Antenatal Depression;
A True Pregnancy Nightmare

Antenatal depression, a.k.a prenatal depression, can make your pregnancy a living nightmare.

Feelings of guilt, fatigue, irritability and inability to connect with the life growing inside you can emotionally and physically draining.  

But take this to heart.

You're not weird, or a bad person, because you feel this way.


Antenatal Depression; A True Pregnancy Nightmare

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Antenatal Depression; A True Pregnancy Nightmare

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You're not going out of your mind, even though you may feel like you are.

And you're definitely not alone. According to statistics, about 20 percent of pregnant women suffer from this type of depression

Symptoms of Antenatal Depression

It's common to experience a lot of changes in mood, eating habits, sleep and energy levels during pregnancy.  But when these changes alter your daily life, and last for more than two weeks, it may be signs of antenatal depression.  

Symptoms include:

-Memory problems

-Feeling numb emotionally

-Irritability- bordering on anger in some cases

-Sleeping too much or too little

-Extreme fatigue

Many expectant moms can suffer from anxiety in addition to depression.  

-Wanting to overeat or not eat anything at all

-No interest in sex

-Feelings of guilt

-Unrelenting sadness

-Thoughts of committing suicide or dying

-Inability to be excited about being pregnant 

-Inability to form a connection with the baby growing inside of you

What Causes Prenatal Depression?

There are a number of factors that contribute to antenatal depression.  Here are a few.

Relationship difficulties. Relationship difficulties, be it personal or professional will put a strain on your emotional well-being. 

Problems with the pregnancy. A difficult pregnancy that includes severe morning sickness or worries surrounding the health of the unborn baby. 

Infertility or previous pregnancy loss. Having emotional stress of a previous miscarriage or difficultly conceiving, increases the chances of developing depression during pregnancy.  

Family/personal history of depression. A family history and/or personal experience with depression will increase chances of developing prenatal depression. 

Lack of social support. Increased isolation breeds negative thoughts and emotions. If you find yourself isolated make an effort to connect with others.

Community helps to build fellowship and support. Two things that are crucial to mental health, especially during pregnancy.     

Stressful life events. A major life change, a job loss, divorce, loss of a loved one, etc. can contribute to depression.  

Does Antenatal Depression Lead
to Postpartum Depression?

Antenatal depression can, if not treated, lead to postpartum depression,or depression that occurs after giving birth. 

But preventative action goes a long way to lowering depression after the baby is born.  



Tips for Treating Antenatal Depression

Get Some Therapy

A trained therapist can help you manage symptoms by providing useful skills for dealing with negative thoughts and feelings.   You can also use effective therapy techniques on your own. 

The Emotional Freedom Technique is great for relieving anxiety and depression. It may be a good start for you.  This article tells you more.

Attack Insomnia

Sleep problems are often common with antenatal depression.  But this doesn't have to be a reality for you. Establish a good sleep hygiene by unburdening your mind. These articles will help you do just that.

Breathe Away Tension

Anti-Anxiety Self-Help Tips

Mindfulness Meditation

Kill the Worry Bugs

Want to try sleeping aids?  This could be a safe option since certain  sleep aids are OK to take during pregnancy.      

Make things more comfortable by using a pregnancy pillow designed to support that beautiful baby bump and relieve back pain.

Read this article for more information on getting more sleep.

Eat More Good Fats

Numerous studies show that consuming omega-3 fats helps to boost mood. As a bonus, consuming DHA, a type of omega-3, fat is crucial for improving your baby's brain development while in the womb. Read this article for more information on the nutrition-depression link.

Work It Out

Even while pregnant, vigorous exercise will help to improve your overall health and the health of your baby.

If you're an expectant mother, there are some safe prenatal workouts you can do.

This 11-minute prenatal workout by BeFit features a safe workout video that can be done safely during pregnancy. 


If you  have a little more time, this 20 minute cardio workout could be another great option for you.


Pregnancy isn't' necessarily a happy time for every expectant mother.  If you're suffering from antenatal depression remember that you're not alone. Millions of pregnant women experience the same difficulties.  

Don't let feelings of shame or guilt of prevent you from seeking help. 

I hope this article helps you on your journey towards better mental health.

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This first installment focuses on the link between exercise, diet and good mental health.

Week 2

I'll talk about the importance of using relaxation techniques to lift your mood and calm your nerves, which in turn improves mental health. 

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This week all about using self-esteem to improve mental health and overall well-being. 

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Week 1

This first installment focuses on the link between exercise, diet and good mental health.

Week 2

I'll talk about the importance of using relaxation techniques to lift your mood and calm your nerves, which in turn improves mental health. 

Week 3

This week all about using self-esteem to improve mental health and overall well-being. 

Week 4

This final week presents ways to reduce social media usage. Studies show that over consumption of social media contributes to anxiety and depression.

Click here to start this free e-course!